Jets QB Sanchez has sprained PCL in right knee
Rest easy, Rex. The Sanchise isn’t seriously injured.
Sanchez might be able to play in New York’s next game after spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the
“I feel good that it sounds like he’s going to be healthy,” Ryan said. “I think that is the best news we could’ve hoped for.”
Ryan said Sanchez will initially wear a brace to stabilize the knee, and is optimistic the rookie could be ready to go against the
“We’ll see how he is during the week,” Ryan said, “but it was encouraging news.”
Sanchez was injured when he dived headfirst on an 8-yard run early in the third quarter. He was examined by trainers on the sideline and replaced by
Sanchez was already nursing a sore left knee after he was hurt in a 17-6 win over Carolina last weekend. Concerned about Sanchez’s sliding abilities, Ryan had brought in Yankees manager Joe Girardi for a tutorial Tuesday.
Despite that session, Sanchez went headfirst instead of feet first on the play he was injured, and defended his actions after the game.
“In the heat of the moment, I don’t know how else to explain it, I was really trying to get a first down and advance the chains,” Sanchez said. “That’s just the way I play.”
Ryan was angry and frustrated by Sanchez’s decision, calling him a “knucklehead” after the game. The coach said he hadn’t spoken to Sanchez on Friday, but didn’t back down from his initial comments.
“Everything I mentioned is for the safety of him,” Ryan said. “I want him to be around a long time. I think my comments and all that, it’s because I care about him.”
Ryan said he would actually have preferred Sanchez to not get the first down over risking injury on a headfirst dive.
Those Joe Girardi sliding lessons didn’t take, but the Jets find someone other than Mark Sanchez to beat the Bills with his feet.
“It’s weird for me to say that, but it’s the truth,” he said. “More than anything, I want him to be healthy.”
Ryan mentioned the late
“If you polled 32 quarterbacks, you may get 30 of them who said, ‘Go for it,’ or 31 of them,” Ryan said. “But, he’s my quarterback. He’s our quarterback, and I want him to slide.”
Ryan said Sanchez’s sliding problems have been an issue since training camp, when the coaches first began urging the quarterback to slide instead of dive. Ryan realizes Sanchez’s instinct is to go headfirst.
“Obviously, that’s what he’s more comfortable doing, but in the long run, he’s going to stay healthier longer by sliding,” Ryan said. “That’s all I’m trying to do, is get his instincts to, ‘OK, I need to slide.’ If that means a public bashing by me, if you will, this is like one of my sons here. That’s how you approach it.”
Sanchez was 7 of 15 for 104 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo before leaving. Ryan said he actually didn’t realize Sanchez was out of the game until he looked up and saw Clemens under center.
“I don’t know if I was over there with the defense or what, must’ve been,” he said, “but I came back and was like, ‘Where’s Sanchez?”‘
Clemens finished the game and was 1 of 2 for 14 yards. In his fourth season, he has actually started fewer games than Sanchez. Clemens started eight games in 2007, but got into just two games last season with
“That’ll be huge,” Clemens said. “Having a chance to throw to some of these guys and just get some reps in our offense where you can really sit back and evaluate it will be huge going into next game, if I’m playing in the next game. We’ll see how things go.”